I did not at first realise what an emotional experience this film would be, but FUCK ME on watching the first few scenes I felt the tears spring forth like fucking fountains of glory.
It was seeing all those strong women on screen, those incredible women, unsexualised and with agency of their own, that completely undid me and I didn’t stop weeping until the film was over.
So here is a list of 15 reasons why Wonder Woman was the best damn film of this year:
The Amazons will have you wanting to take on the patriarchy with a bow and arrow in 10 seconds flat. A society of women, who love and support one another. A mother-daughter relationship unspoilt by ‘female jealousy’. LESBIAN ISLAND (also I am gay for every single Amazon ever.)
The soundtrack will take you from 0 to I-wanna-punch-a-nazi really quickly.
I’m not really one for heterosexual white guys in films, but Steve Trevor is a good and brave soul and never, not once, does he treat Diana as his inferior. From the moment she rescues him from the sea he treats her as an equal and respects her and supports her. AND THIS IS WHY SHE LOVES HIM.
Diana listens to no man. Not even the man she is romantically involved with. When he tells her not to get involved, out of his fear she will be hurt, she fucking gets involved anyway. In fact, the whole film can be boiled down to Steve going; ‘Stay here.’ and Diana going; ‘Fuck that.’
Wonder Woman is canonically bisexual.
It might be because I’m a slut for history but Diana calling out WWI generals on their old world Victorian values made my Fucking Day. ‘A real general fights alongside their soldiers.’ Queen of my heart.
Diana asking why women would want to hold their tummies in. We don’t Diana thank you for asking, bc tummies are beautiful.
Everyone telling Diana she can’t save everyone, to which she responds, ‘Watch me.’
Steve saying, ‘It’s no man’s land, no man can cross it.’ and Diana, the fucking icon that is, going ‘I am no man.’ (it’s in subtext) And the costume!?? Fuck me. No seriously, fuck me.
There is a Moroccan and a Native American character, the Moroccan character highlights racial issues that stop him reaching his dreams and the Native American character calls out white Americans on their genocide of his people. (having diversity in a film set in 1918 just sticks a big ol’ middle finger up to any film who has said ‘diversity isn’t historically accurate’)
There is also a character with an invisible disability; Charlie has, one presumes, PTSD and not only does this highlight and give representation to people with mental illness, but the other male characters genuinely care for his emotional wellbeing. Men emotionally supporting other men! Men showing their emotions!! Men caring for one another tenderly!!!!
None of these characters die. Only the het white guy dies, in a nice twist on the ‘female love interest dies to give het white male lead Angst’ trope.
Humans aren’t good, we don’t deserve Diana (damn right we don’t) but we have goodness in us and it’s a choice!!
‘I believe in Love.’
War is a white old guy, and Diana destroys him. The overwhelming message of this movie is peace and love and in this shitshow we call the modern world, we need more movies with this message.
OH WAIT I FORGOT ONE!!! ‘Men are unnecessary for pleasure.’ !!!!!!!
I came across some fascinating and bizarre descriptions of Jiang Wen in the article “Back in Action” by Brian Bennett from Time Magazine (June 17, 2002), written while Green Tea was filming. I just had to share.
Even as a student at Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama, China’s Juilliard, Jiang showed signs of giving, not taking, direction. “Many teachers didn’t like him because he always questioned them,” recalls retired dean of dramatic arts Zhang Renli, who taught Jiang after the school reopened following the Cultural Revolution. “Jiang would always ask, ‘Why? Tell me why?’” says the 69-year-old, who has coached four generations of actors, including Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi. “I’ve never since had a student like Jiang Wen.” Jiang’s stubbornness can make him a chore to work with. Especially now that he’s not directing but acting in other people’s films. “As an actor Jiang Wen is dangerous,” says award-winning author Wang. “The younger generation of directors cannot handle him.”
Below the cut, comments on Jiang Wen’s looks (I’ll confess I disagree with the “not handsome” part), virility, and vulnerability…
I went from being all alone to being…a fiancee, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister…and a friend. […] You allowed me to be a part of your family, and I haven’t had that in a really long time. And I just didn’t want to let go of that. So even though it was just for a little while, I will love them always.
he gets a lot of stuff. like, a lot of stuff, including but not limited to:
a cup of peppermint tea in his favorite chipped mug waiting for him when he wakes up, piping hot and extra sweet
an old broken keyboard and a bunch of tools and cool things that make really unique sounds that he can fix it with
a few hours alone in the garden in the back of the house during the early morning, during which he meditates and tinkers with some of the mechanical things he’s been collecting and writes down a few lyrics and chords
a thatching kit
no headaches today for some reason because the universe was in his favor today and because of that he’s clear-headed and alert
russ gets him a really nice flickcomb with a cool handle and some vintage vinyls of the human league and the clash. he also gets him a hat because russ is the hat expert and one of those sensory weighted blankets that are supposed to reduce anxiety because russ has one and 2d always says how much he likes it
noodle gets him an entire outfit, like the fuckin cutest crop top and a shit ton of neon and pastel nail polish colors and a choker and crazy socks, and also gets him heelys that can light up (part of the reason she got him so much stuff is because she also got it for herself because they essentially share a wardrobe at this point. also bc they’re rich and they can do what they want). she gets him the head of one of the zombies at kong too because she’s metal like that and 2d gasps and says “this is WICKED” like he’s a 10 year old on christmas
murdoc tosses a pack of cigarettes at him when he comes downstairs in the morning and grunts “here you go” but then he buys him a drink or two later. that afternoon 2d finds home baked scones in the shape of swans and really nice cologne and a leather jacket in his room. he also gives him a legit collar “because you seemed pretty excited about it on that track” and 2d goes all red
they make him get in the car after lunch and surprise him by driving up to crawley to see his mom and cyborg noodle. his mom pinches his cheek and says that he gets handsomer every year and shows everyone embarrassing baby pictures of stu. cyborg noodle’s body gives him a little salute and shows him her bike all decked-out with streamers on the handles. they all have cake and sing him happy birthday and then murdoc gets too excited and pushes his face into the cake as a joke and starts a food fight with 2d and noodle for a few seconds before russ breaks it up
they take him to the fairgrounds by his old house for a few hours. he eats too much cotton candy and they all go on the ferris wheel together and he and noodle make the ferris wheel car swing back and forth and murdoc looks like he’s gonna be sick. russ wins him a fucking massive stuffed animal at the ring toss and he carries it around on his back.
also random people at the fair come up to him like “omg are you the singer for gorillaz? ?? i LOVE your music” and he’s like haha yeah and then they go “my favorite album of all time has to be the fall” and 2d just chokes and looks like he’s gonna cry
when they get home he helps russ and noodle make dinner (it’s vegetarian and has rice noodles) and the whole band eats it sitting on the couch together as they marathon zombie movies. 2d talks the whole time about films and behind-the-scenes facts, so much that murdoc has to remind him to eat his dinner.
he falls asleep with katsu on his lap and russ and noodle and murdoc cuddled around him and he is warm and safe and loved and happy
Sometimes a whole film is condensed in one scene of it, in one single, powerful, unforgettable image. In the case of ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’, one in particular, at the beginning immediately struck me as iconic: Jodie Foster’s agent Clarice Starling is called to her boss’s desk and gets into a lift full of male FBI cadets that are all at least a head taller than her.
This film made me understand what emotions were made for and how to use them to their full potenital…Ive never laughed or cried so hard in my life. I’m proud to say I saw this film 3 times, I own the DVD, the vinyl record of the soundtrack and the soundtrack is on my phone.
4. The Theory of Everything (2014)
This film is just everything to me (excuse the pun), but my god it is. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones nailed their roles as Stephen and Jane and I’m so upset that Felicity didnt get any awards but
And again I also own the DVD, soundtrack on vinyl and the soundtrack is on my ipod.
3. The Parent Trap (1998)
I have loved this film ever since I was a small child and it’s become my go-to film when I feel like absolute sh*t. It never fails to make me laugh or make me have a good cry. Poor sweet Lindsay Lohan, if only she stopped there.
And Natasha Richardson…she was so beautiful :’( (even when stressed about seeing Nicholas Parker after 11 years)
And we all need a butler/friend like Martin
2. Beauty and The Beast (1991)/The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)
So I couldnt exactly choose my second spot, so I went with two (haha, oh god I’m loosing it). Beauty and The Beast (1991) is not only my second favourite film but also my all-time favourite Disney film. I’m just sad I dont own enough BatB merchandise :(
I’m so sad this part wasnt in the new film…
Now- The Man from U.N.C.L.E, when I first saw the trailer I was itching to see it. I never did get to go to the cinema and see it, but my Mum bought it for me as an Easter present…and I still love it. And I love the soundtrack.
Now, my number one favourite film has been a solid for the last 3 years. 5,4,3 will probably change but I doubt this one will ever change…
1. The Guest (2014)
Oh boy! Where do I begin? I find it strange how I saw this film with my ex girlfriend and it’s my most favourite film in the whole world. Apart from the fact it has Dan in it…
But I also adore Maika Monroe…I somehow think it will be hard to find a better horror duo than these two…
And the soundtrack is such a huge part of what makes the film so great. I have the OST and score on vinyl and on my phone and I have the film on DVD. And I will also state that David Collins is my favourite film character of the last 5 years and he can come and be a guest in my house anytime to recover.
I just cant go without mentioning this film because I love it so much and the concept is absolutely fabulous and the play still needs to do a UK tour…
Megatron: It would probably take a good deal of convincing
on your end to get him to sit down and watch something with you. He’s a busy guy after all. He’s got an entire planet to conquer. But, should you ask him nicely enough he will
begrudgingly agree to take in an Earth film with you. The two of you watch an old, award-winning
classic together like Patton, or Ben-Hur. Megatron ends up being pleasantly surprised with the movie
selections. He hates to admit humans are
good at anything besides slave labor, but even still he can’t help but admire
the grand scale and sheer spectacle of those old Hollywood films. (Just don’t ever let him watch anything below
at 90% Rotten Tomatoes rating. He’ll probably
end up trying to destroy the film studio.)
Starscream: He’s a bit skeptical of the idea at first
(humans just sit and watch these “films” for a couple of hours without doing
anything else? What’s the point?) He’ll pretend to be really snide and condescending
about agreeing to the idea, but secretly he’s a bit intrigued (he’s heard all
about movies from Knock Out, and he can’t help but feel a bit curious) With a knowing smirk, you pop in The Count of
Monte Cristo. “It’s about a super smart
and handsome guy that gets wrongfully imprisoned by his totally jealous, less
cool buddies and plans elaborate revenge schemes for each of them.” Starscream sits glued to the screen the
entire time with a gleam in his optics.
You smile happily and watch his wings flutter whenever one of Dantes’
conspirators meets their timely end.
Soundwave: He’s totally down for the idea! In fact, he’s got a whole database worth of
films he specifically picked out just for you for just such an occasion. As soon as he gets off work, the two of you
sneak away to his hab suit and settle in for a total binge sesh. Watching movies with Soundwave is fun,
because you can make all the silly comments and jokes you want, and he’ll never
complain or tell you to be quiet. In
fact, he’ll often join in as only he can do, replaying a particularly humorous
or otherwise noteworthy clip over his visor.
You might need to gently remind him that organics do occasionally need
to sleep, however (No Soundwave. You cannot
watch all 8 Harry Potter films at 3 in the morning. They need to sleep!)
Knock Out: Of course he’s down for the idea! He loves Earth movies! He does you one better by taking you out to
one of his favorite drive-ins, instead of being stuck in the Nemesis all
day. The two of you get a really good
seat up front, since he doesn’t have to worry about sneaking around the back
without a human. Since drive-in theatres
have a tendency to play a wide variety of films, Knock Out’s learned to enjoy
all different kinds of genres, with horror and racing movies being his
favorite. He asks you all kinds of
questions about movies and the movie industry in general, which you’re always happy
to answer. Occasionally, he’ll get very
annoyed if a movie sounds too cliché, or the characters aren’t fully fleshed
out. “Come on! I could do a better job than that! And I’m not even a human!” The two of you secretly collaborate on a
mind-blowing, Oscar-bait screenplay in your spare time.
Breakdown: Movie night?
Sure! Anything to get away from
commander screechypants for a bit. He’d
be happy to take you to a drive in, but if you’d prefer a night in instead, he’ll
help you build a massive pillow fort in his hab suite for you two to hang out
in. He even brought you some of your
favorite snacks for you to enjoy while you watch (Thanks, BD!) He likes a lot of big budget action films
with lots of explosions, but also has kind of a soft spot for romantic comedies
(the good ones though, like When Harry Met Sally. He’s not going to watch some 28 Dresses Later
scrap or whatever.) If you two decide to
watch a horror film, he’ll let you curl up against him if you get scared. He gets scared too, but he won’t admit
it. Knock Out thinks you’re both dorks,
but will totally come chill in your fort with you if you ask.
Dreadwing: He thinks the idea is silly at first. Aren’t there more practical hobbies you could
be occupying your time with? Still, if
anyone can convince the big surly banana to sit down for a movie marathon, it’s
you. You appeal to his sense of honor
and warrior spirit with films like Gladiator, The Patriot, and Braveheart. He finds it easy to identify with the strong,
dependable protagonists in those movies, and ends up actually enjoying himself
a great deal. If you mention that any of
the main characters remind you of him, he’ll flush and cough awkwardly at the unexpected
(but greatly appreciated) compliment.
Airachnid: At first she’s a bit confused as to the
concept of movie nights, but when you explain it to her a bit more she becomes
rather excited. She’s heard so much
about your Earth movies and is eager to see some for herself. You meet up later that night after having
selected a number of your favorite movies for you both to watch, only to find
out that Airachnid has a selection of her own.
She did some research while you where away. “Why didn’t you ever tell me that humans
could be so wonderfully disturbing, my dear?”
She pops in one gory, erotic, hard-core torture porn flick after
another, totally not even paying attention as to whether you’re actually enjoying
yourself or not. If you find that you’ve
had just about as much squick as you can take, you can sneak off to Knock Out
and Breakdown’s suite. They’ll build a
pillow fort with you and let you watch all the fluffy Disney movies you want.
Shockwave: The only way you’re going to get this mech to
watch a movie with you is if it’s educational in some way. If you convince him that learning about
humans and Earth in general is beneficial to his research, he’ll watch a
documentary series with you like Planet Earth or something about WW2. Be careful what you let him watch
however. He gets extremely annoyed at
the concept of mockumentaries. Don’t
ever let him watch something about cryptids, or anything vaguely supernatural. “Why would they produce a film in an
educational format, when it has absolutely no scientific evidence to back it
up?” “I dunno? Because it’s fun?” “It’s not logical.” “It’s… not really supposed to be, Shockwave…”
(I wrote this back in 2010, and this is a kind of hacked up version of it. So I hope you can forgive any typos and/or omitted words and/or choppy breaks.)
To me, Arthur and Eames were the most easily relatable characters in the movie. I realize that the most sympathetic storyline was between Dom and Mal Cob, and really between Dom and his kids, but there was something about the whole “I’m using everyone in order to get home, also my dead wife isn’t really a bitch; that’s me attacking you all” angle sort of made me feel more for the other characters than for Cobb.
We get that Dom misses his wife and kids, and he does his share of angsting. In fact, he does it through the whole film, to great effect. But it’s Arthur’s perspective of Mal Cobb that really stood out for me, with just that one line: “She was lovely.” We get that Cobb loved his wife. But why did Arthur? There’s some history there that we’re left to wonder at. Arthur was sympathetic to the whole family.
Cobb lied to everyone else, or at least lied by omission. And the only two characters who call him out on his lie are Eames first, then Arthur.
So why are they on board?
Arthur, I guess, because he’s Cobb’s partner. Yet, Arthur could have said no. Even if he didn’t know what sort of danger they’d be going into, he disapproves of the whole scheme from the start. So why does he stay? Fandom sometimes paints Arthur as Cobb’s lapdog, but I don’t see any evidence of that in the movie. He is the only one who seems to put Cobb in his place most of the time.
So why does he follow Cobb into this project that he doesn’t believe in?
Hmm. Maybe because he liked Mal – he states this in the movie. Maybe he likes Cobb’s kids, or maybe he realizes it’s unjust for Cobb to be separated from them and he wants to do the right thing, even if he doesn’t agree with the method. JGL said in an interview that his interpretation of Arthur is that he loves the work. Maybe he does it just to see if he can.
Ahh, Mr. Eames. The one character who laughs, reasons, jokes, fights, and shows any sympathy at all to both Saito when he’s dying, and to Fischer when he’s suffering. Eames gets people; in his line of work, maybe he’s got to understand them. Maybe his empathy is what makes him the best forger. Saito is dying in the dream; while everyone else is all up in arms, Eames is the only one who thinks to help him. (“He’s in agony; I’m waking him up.”) And he carefully defuses Cobb when Cobb freaks out on him and starts throwing him around. He is clearly no dummy; maybe the smartest guy in the movie, the way he handles situations and easily deals with people’s emotions. He’s a Guile Hero but is still the most empathetic one.
So, why is Eames on board? One has to figure that Mr. Eames does things because he wants to, and never for any other reason. The script has Cobb “selling” the job to him; the movie makes no such offer. The movie dialogue deviates from the script (which I downloaded,) sometimes drastically. In the shooting script, Eames mentions that the price on Cobb’s head is pretty high, and that he’d sell him out – although he’s clearly bluffing, because he hasn’t. Why not? If Eames does things for the money, he could have sold Cobb out when Cobol came for him. Instead, he helps him escape. So, what are Eames’s loyalties, and why are they currently to Cobb?
Eames never gives a reason why he joins the team; he’s just automatically signed up once Cobb approaches him.
I am so not setting up to say that Arthur and Eames decided to do the job because of each other. Well, not Arthur, maybe. ;)
In the movie, Cobb tells Arthur he’s going to talk to Eames, and Arthur’s reaction is automatic:
I’ve got to talk to Eames.
Eames? But he’s in Mombasa. Cobol’s
There’s plenty of good thieves.
We don’t just need a thief. We need
Blah blah blah setting up who’s who and why they’re necessary. My question—and indeed fandom’s question—is why Arthur immediately knows where his least-favorite thief is. Bang, off the top of his head: Eames is in Mombasa; Arthur keeps tabs.
Well, it’s his job to keep tabs, I guess. And perhaps he especially keeps tabs on what’s going on in Mombasa, which is, as he states, Cobol’s back yard. So he needs to know who from the dreaming world is hanging out there, ready and willing to sell out his boss. Why does he jump to “thief” for Eames, when Eames is clearly a forger first and foremost? (What did Eames steal, that he knows of?) Why is he so eager to use someone else? Why is his reaction so immediate?
Eames reaction to being told he’s working with Arthur is similar in the script, but Tom Hardy decided to add his own flavor to it – as he did throughout the movie, as I understand. However it is still an instant, “Oh, him.”
From the movie, not the shooting script:
Inception. Now before you tell me it’s impossible…
No, it’s perfectly possible. Just
Interesting. Because Arthur keeps telling me…
*Filthy laugh* Arthur. You’re still working with
He’s good at what he does.
Ahh, he’s the best. But he has no
Not like you?
If you’re going to
perform inception, you need
It took me two viewings before I noticed that filthy evil chuckle he decided to throw in, before he says, “Arthur” in the same way that I say “ice cream.” Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it.
But then, why does Eames insist that Arthur has no imagination? Especially when Arthur later proves to the audience that he has more than anyone in the entire film, when he handily saves everyone’s ass by creating gravity out of zero gravity? Is this some kind of oversight in the script? In a novel, the exchange between Cobb and Eames about Arthur and his lack of imagination would have to be explored; otherwise it would look like a huge plot hole. Eames is clearly wrong about Arthur. So, what is it that Arthur did, or didn’t do, to make Eames think that?
Arthur also does not come across as a stick in the mud: he’s actually one of the more fun, daring, and humorous characters. In fact, Eames, Arthur, and Yusuf are the only ones who seem to have any kind of fun at all in the otherwise serious mind-heist. Among the three of them, they provide the only humorous lines and gestures in the entire film.
Arthur does come across as buckling down to business when it gets hairy, but he also steals a kiss from Ariadne, keeps this semi-wicked, knowing smirk on his face for most of the movie (he’s more or less an elite spy; he knows everyone’s secrets,) and puts up with Eames pulling his pigtails throughout the film with relatively good grace.
Clearly, though, in their past together, Arthur gave Eames the impression that he wasn’t any fun, and was lacking in imagination. So, what’s the history there?
Why is Arthur’s totem a loaded die, and Eames’s totem a forged poker chip? Are / were they both gamblers? Did something happen in Vegas and stay in Vegas? Or did it not happen?
And Eames does spend a goodly amount of time pulling Arthur’s pigtails, clearly trying to get him to react. This is something the entire fandom picked up on. Every time they’re in the room together he’s “I’m not touching you, does this bug you?” and Arthur is, “COBB, get him to stop, he’s on my side of the seat!” Ridiculously, the most famous scenes in the movie aren’t the crumbling buildings, the explosions, or the city block folding like a taco: the ones that fandom ran with were the pigtail-pulling scenes between the two of them: Eames kicking Arthur’s chair, Eames giggling whenever Arthur gets pushed over, and of course the famous “dream bigger, darling.” More on that later, too.
I read somewhere that “Word Of God” (meaning Nolan) said that Arthur and Eames were past rivals. I have no idea where this interview is or where I could find it; wish I did. But I have to wonder, rivals for what? They work in the same business, sure; but their job descriptions are vastly different. Arthur is a point man (if you don’t know what that is, here is a good description of Arthur’s job.) And Eames is a forger; he creates other identities to infiltrate dreams, which Arthur never does. And we’re led to believe that it’s A) either a rare position or B) Eames is the best at it, since Cobb goes all the way to Mombasa to collect him, when Mombasa is the worst place for him to be. The two are completely different. I’d love to know what their rivalry was.
Okay, I’m getting too meta here and getting away from my point: I am not certain why Eames joined the team, not certain why Arthur and Eames were rivals, not sure why their reactions to each other were so immediate. These are things that fandom can only speculate at (and write fic about. It’s fun when it’s fun.)
So I’ve established why I think that Eames was the most sympathetic and fun, why Arthur was the most interesting and imaginative (to me, anyway,) but haven’t really touched upon why I think it’s so easy to ship them and why it seems so natural.
At least a bit of credit for this, I think, must go to Tom Hardy, for changing the script. Or actually, he changed it once, and I think Nolan changed it the second time.
At least a bit of credit for this, I think, must go to Tom Hardy, for changing the script. Or actually, he changed it once, and I think Nolan changed it the second time.
Obviously, what is the most famous line in Arthur/Eames fandom:
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
It’s worth noting that A) Tom Hardy changed this line, as originally it just said “Arthur” and not “darling,” and B) Eames saved Arthur’s ass in this scene. Maybe this is why he thinks Arthur lacks imagination. Maybe Arthur doesn’t dream big enough, and makes things tougher for himself. However, Arthur does, later, easily navigate the dreamscape; in fact he makes it his bitch with his Penrose steps and gravity/zero gravity. So, again, what did Arthur not do at some point, to give Eames this impression?
Maybe this is why he thinks Arthur lacks imagination. Maybe Arthur doesn’t dream big enough, and makes things tougher for himself. However, Arthur does, later, easily navigate the dreamscape; in fact he makes it his bitch with his Penrose steps and gravity/zero gravity. So, again, what did Arthur not do at some point, to give Eames this impression?
This is where fandom loves to fill in the gaps.
And the second scene so beloved by the A/E fandom was another one not originally in the script. The script had this:
Arthur hits buttons on the mechanism. The team goes out one
by one. Cobb is last.
Fischer’s subconscious is going to
run you down hard.
I’ll lead them on a merry chase.
Be back in time for the kick.
I’m on it.
It is completely noteworthy that it is now Eames who’s the last one awake with Arthur, Eames giving Arthur this warning. And while the dialogue has changed in subtle ways, and even more worth noting how the two actors play this scene: Arthur hooking Eames up to the PASIV device, confident; Eames seeming suddenly very trusting of his “rival.” Everyone else is already out; it’s just the two of them. There’s no pigtail-pulling here, when they’re alone.
Why the hell is Arthur hooking him up? I find it hard to believe that Eames can’t do it himself. Ariadne, who is totally new to this, Saito, who’s been shot, they would probably need help hooking themselves up, if anyone. But he’s only shown helping Eames, who has been in the business since forever.
And what became of “I’m on it?” I mean, yeah, as dialogue goes that’s kind of flat, and changing it to something with a little more voice was obviously a great idea. Of course, “Go to sleep, Mr. Eames” seems to be enough for fandom to throw them into bed together. It alone is not enough for me to buy it, though.
What does make me buy it comes later, when it gets really rough and it’s starting to look pretty bad, like maybe everyone will end up in limbo with their brains fried, because time is running out before the last kick. Eames, down in the third level of the dream (Arthur still in the second,) warns Ariadne and Cobb that if the kick comes, it sucks to be them; he’s leaving (waking up) without them. He’s a little harsh about it, too. He’s clearly somewhat pissed about the turn of events. Yet it’s Arthur he warns: “Just be back before the kick.” None of this “I will so totally leave you behind to slowly go insane.”
However, Eames ends up doing no such thing, and while Cobb, Ariadne, and Fischer are working through their various demons and issues, Arthur is kicking ass in zero gravity in the second level and Eames is playing one-man-army in the third. Eames isn’t the one with anything at stake, here.
Also note that in the first dream level, after the mad cab-ride shoot out is more or less over, Arthur leans over the seat and asks Eames, “Are you okay?” Are you okay. Not is Fischer okay, on whom the mission depends. Not is Saito okay, on whom Cobb’s happiness depends. You, Eames. Yes, yes, I highly doubt that too much thought went into who he was talking to when the script was written. BUT. This is what fandom is for. Overthinking these things and enjoying the hell out of the process.
What I love about it, though, is its ability to explore characters who might be gay, which is only ever interesting to me if the characters are fascinating to begin with, or faceted. “Gay” alone does not a story make. “Gay” alone does not hotness make. Good characters, good stories, good taste, and being aware of what real LGBT people go through, as opposed to fictional ones: this is important.
Take your two shippy characters and write about who they are and what they do together: gay, straight, both, neither, and have a blast, I think. But this is something to think about, maybe.
But with that in mind, yeah, ship ‘em, I say, ship 'em hard!
ALSO. I think it’s fantastic and hilarious that this movie cast freaking Leonardo DiCaprio and Cillian Murphy in the same movie, and everyone went to town on a former child actor turned indie community director and a relatively obscure but hot British guy in a patterned shirt. (Which was nice. Eames’s clothes are not hideous, okay?)
Digital painting time! (plus globular cluster pic from nasa, cheers nasa). I LOVED Interstellar, and I loved the character of Murphy and really wanted to draw something about it.
Thought it was incredible how it could be this epic spectacle of a film yet incorporate a really engaging emotional narrative, as well as using some really mad but solid astrophysics to build very imaginative speculative science fiction. Good job, interstellar.
Under the cut - Hari thinks about: Interstellar With BIG SPOILERS and a lot of rambling that might not make sense if you’ve not seen it.
You Are the Youtuber-I'm Not On Kids React Anymore (FLUFF)
Request by anon: One shot: y/n grew up on kids react and now she is in teens react.
“I’m so nervous,” you said sitting down the new set. You were used to Kid’s React, and you had prided yourself with being the oldest, the kids looking up to you. Now you were the youngest person on Teen’s React, and that scared you. The thought of having more serious content and people expected you to be more serious loomed over you.
“I don’t think you have anything to be nervous about,” Rafi said, checking the sound equipment one last time. “You’ve done this before, hopefully by now you would be used to the whole filming process.”
“It’s not really that at all it’s more of that fact that I’m on Teen’s React now. Its a completely different audience and I’m just afraid they won’t like me.”
“Well, I don’t think you are going to be the star during this Teen’s React.”
You were confused what Rafi just said. Was that really supposed to make you feel better?
“Excuse me?” you finally asked, trying to calm down.
“Didn’t you get our text? Dan will be joining you today. Basically what we are going to be doing is having a special cross over video of YouTuber’s React and Teen’s React. It just so happened that it ended up being your first video.”
“Well, that makes it even more nerve racking,” you said, leaning back in the swivel chair to make yourself feel better. You always enjoyed a nice swivel chair.
“Wouldn’t you prefer to react with someone else?” Rafi asked.
“Ummm. You know I would. But not with Dan Howell”.
“Why not Dan?”
“He’s…um…he’s too perfect. Too funny. I can’t live up to that.”’
“Sounds like you have a crush”.
“Sounds like you are trying to ruin my life right now.”
About five minutes later Dan walked into the room, clad in a galaxy shirt and a pair of black skinny jeans. He looked good. REALLY GOOD. I soon realized he had said hi and I had just been sitting there, with puppy dog eyes and my mouth almost wide open. Benny and Rafi seemed to be giggling at me too. Great. This couldn’t be any better. I’ve already made a fool of myself in front of Dan and the video hasn’t even started. What Benny would say now would make it worse: “By the way, Y/N is a little nervous to be on set today with you.”
This started my internal rage and screaming. Why do they keep digging me into a hole?
“Well, it’s my first time on Teen’s React. That’s really why I’m nervous, that’s all.”
“Don’t worry. At least you have me. That’s good, right?” Dan asked. And it definitely was a good thing for me. I was just too scared to try to express that too him. Whenever I talk to an attractive guy I come across as creepy.
“Okay, I think we are ready to play the video now,” Benny said, fidgeting with the camera equipment now. I’m glad he had said this. I didn’t know how to respond to Dan but I still wanted to talk to him. The video would definitely help with that. The video began to play and the words REJECTED came across the screen. I had seen this a million times. Dan on the other hand, hadn’t. He was in for a wild ride.
We watched the first animation. This one was my favorite, so I sat there like a little schoolgirl giggling. Dan on the other hand, was only able to make out the words, “What the f is this?”
“Trust me, it get’s worse”, I responded.
As the cartoons progressed, my laughing began louder and Dan’s random exclaiming became more erratic and loud. By the time the third cartoon came on and the surprise happened, Dan jumped back from the computer and used me a shield. I stopped laughing and probably looked shocked for a second, but I tried to play it cool and just kept laughing.
“How are you not reacting to this!?” Dan shouted from behind my back. “This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen.”
“I’ve watched this quite a lot.”
“Are you mental?”
I didn’t know how to exactly respond to this. But yeah, for enjoying this and fangirling over you quite a lot and secretly, yeah. I am.
I think one of the most exciting things about a new Jurassic film is the fact that there will be a whole set of kids who are super interested in dinosaurs and paleontology and biology and that’s awesome.
Like imagine yourself as a kid seeing the movie for the first time. You knew all the names and were proud you could pronounce them. You probably read the novels religiously and watched Discovery specials on dinosaurs.
And now there’s going to be so many more kids interested in that stuff again because of Jurassic World.
If that isn’t awesome to you I don’t know what is.